Best Ever Pineapple Upside Down Cake (and a Bit of History)

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April 20th is one of our favorite days of the year. Not because of the common associations, but because it’s National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day. Pineapples are known for symbolizing hospitality, friendship, and generosity, so there’s truly no better way to welcome guests into your home (or any excuse, really) than with this delicious treat. […]

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A Brief History of the Croissant

A Brief History of the Croissant

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When you think about a fresh, flaky croissant, you probably conjure up images of Paris. A lazy morning on the Left Bank, a small round table, reading Le Journal with a steamy cup of café au lait, and of course, that croissant. That warm, buttery croissant. Crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Enjoyable […]

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The Alto-Hartley Hot Dog Blog

The Alto-Hartley Hot Dog Blog

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There are more stories than you can imagine about the origins of the hot dog, how they became popular in America, when the bun was introduced, and who is responsible. Some of these stories seem to match up, others are in contradiction to one another, and some are just humorous.

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soft serve ice cream

A Look at the Differences Between Soft Serve and Hard Ice Cream

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In today’s environment, there are a plethora of issues that can divide us. Healthcare, the economy, ice cream. Yes, even ice cream. Some folks are unwavering on their favorite style of frozen treat. While many like the simplicity of soft serve ice cream, others prefer the more traditional hard ice cream.  But what makes each […]

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